author={Amy L. Chasteen},
  journal={Sociological Spectrum},
  pages={101 - 139}
  • A. Chasteen
  • Published 1 April 2001
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Spectrum
The cultural and legal meaning of rape has changed dramatically over the past 30 years as the feminist movement has challenged traditional constructions of sexual violence and offered an alternative construction of the meaning of rape. The transformation of rape into a social problem has brought increased attention to the subject in both popular and academic realms. Despite the growing body of research and theory on sexual violence, little inquiry exists into women s everyday constructions of… 

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  • N. Howell
  • Psychology
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1983
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  • A. Johnson
  • Psychology
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1980
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